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7 Steps to a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

Happy Couple Preparing Healthy Meal TogetherWhen it comes to heart health, an ounce of prevention is worth a hundred pounds of cure! The American Heart Association has identified seven ways to improve your cardiovascular health:

1. Get Active

Incorporating regular physical activity, especially walking, into your daily lifestyle provides a myriad of benefits from a healthier heart to better sleep.

2. Control Your Cholesterol

Higher blood cholesterol levels are directly linked to clogged arteries and poor cardiovascular health.

3. Choose a Healthier Diet

Colorful fruits and vegetables, filling whole grains, and muscle-building lean proteins are the backbone of a heart healthy diet.

4. Manage Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, can lead directly to a number of deadly cardiovascular problems. Exercise, a healthy diet, and avoiding tobacco products can help you control your blood pressure without the need for medications.

5. Lose Weight

If ever there was a miracle cure for heart health, losing weight would be it. By reducing the amount of fat you carry on your body, your cardiovascular system, lungs, and bones will be under less strain.

6. Reduce Blood Sugar

Heart disease and diabetes are intimately linked. In fact, the AHA identifies diabetes as a controllable risk factor for cardiovascular disorders. Controlling blood sugar can prevent diabetes and help you live a healthier life.

7. Stop Smoking

Smoking cigarettes sets the stage for a shorter life marked by bad health. Linked directly to nearly every life-threatening cardiovascular disease, including strokes, heart attacks, and aneurysms, smoking is entirely preventable. It’s also a tough habit to break. Having a plan and the right support can help you quit and quitting is the best possible decision you could make.

Please visit the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 Action Plan page to learn more and develop your own strategy for better healthy heart.

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